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New Series Explores Mindful Living in Action and Transforming Distress into Compassion

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara discusses how “Meditation Makes a Bodhisattva”

Published on Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 12:17 pm

Tzu Chi Center’s C.A.F.E. 229 has launched its premiere season of presentations which explore how to transform distress into compassion and on mindful living in action. In this second installment, guest speaker Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara discusses how “Meditation Makes a Bodhisattva.”

In this presentation, she will cover coping with stress in the era of COVID-19, the meaning and purpose of a Bodhisattva, the ideal qualities a Bodhisattva should display in the service of others, and a simple, guided meditation.

The presentation will be available for watching after 4 p.m. on Friday, August 21. For more, click here.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara currently serves as Abbot of the Village Zendo. She received priest ordination from Maezumi Roshi and Dharma Transmission and Inka from Bernie Tetsugen Glassman. Roshi Enkyo’s lineage comes through Maezumi Roshi, whose teaching was uncommon, bringing together Soto priest training and study of the Rinzai koan system. Moreover, Roshi Glassman’s focus on social engagement and peacemaking underlies much of her vision of Zen practice.

Roshi is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Family, a spiritual and social action association. Roshi’s focus is on the expression of Zen through caring, service, and creative response. Her Five Expressions of Zen form the matrix of study at the Village Zendo: Meditation, Study, Communication, Action, and Caring.

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